Kenneth Square, PA
Longwood Gardens in PA has got to be one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Every year one of my kids asks to make it a Birthday Destination. You see, on their birthdays, instead of doing kiddie parties we pick a place and have a family trip instead. Longwood Gardens is usually on the list. My younger one especially enjoys it.
From where we are, the drive is about 2 hours, and it is definitely worth it!
With thousands of different flowers, trees, shrubs and bushes, the colors are magnificent. The walkways twist and turn through flower beds and arches covered in roses. There are flowers there that I have never seen in my life, brought in from all over the world. It is so big, that it’s never crowded. If you go on a weekday you could walk through the whole garden and not meet more then 10 people along the way.
Every year we go I am pleasantly surprised as to how much my boys and I enjoy this trip. They excitedly skip through the gardens, run around bushes cut in fun shapes, take turns sticking their head into a giant dog cut out of a shrub. They are endlessly amused by the three giant tree houses that you can climb up to, and the organ room where you could try different sounds, and of course playing with water fountains. The children’s garden inside is magical, with lights and fountains. It’s the kind of place where you can imagine fairies playing after closing time.
One of the years I would love to make it down there around the Holidays, and for fireworks during the summer. There are also often concerts there.
This is their website, with address, directions and other info:
Of course, a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are a few pictures that I took through the years that we have been going there: